Our 9-12 Reading List

The Founders & the Founding:

  • Allison, Andrew. The Real Benjamin Franklin (2008)
  • Allison, Andrew. The Real Thomas Jefferson (2008)
  • Becker, Carl. The Eve of Revolution (1921)
  • Beloff, Max. The Debate on the American Revolution (1949)
  • Beloff, Max. Thomas Jefferson and American Democracy (1965)
  • Bobrick, Benson. Angel in the Whirlwind: The Triumph of the American Revolution (1997)
  • Boorstin, Daniel. The Americans: The Colonial Experience (1958)
  • Boorstin, Daniel. The Americans: The National Experience (1966)
  • Boorstin, Daniel. The Genius of American Politics (1953)
  • Bowen, Catherine Drinker. Miracle at Philadelphia: The Story of the Constitutional Convention, May to September 1787 (1966)
  • Brinton, Crane. The Anatomy of Revolution (1957)
  • Brookhiser, Richard. Alexander Hamilton: American (2000)
  • Brookhiser, Richard. Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington (1996)
  • Dos Passos, John. The Head and Heart of Thomas Jefferson (1954)
  • Ellis, Joseph. Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation (2000)
  • Farrand, Max. The Framing of the Constitution of the United States (1968)
  • Ferling, John E. Setting the World Ablaze: Washington, Adams, Jefferson and the American Revolution (2000)
  • Fisher, David Hackett. Paul Revere’s Ride (1995)
  • Flexner, James Thomas. Washington: The Indispensible Man (1984)
  • Gummere, Richard M. The American Colonial Mind and the Classical Tradition (1963)
  • Hacker, Louis M. Alexander Hamilton in the American Tradition (1957)
  • Haraszti, Zoltan. John Adams and the Prophets of Progress (1952)
  • Langguth, A. J. Patriots: The Men Who Started the American Revolution (1988)
  • Mayer, David. The Constitutional Thought of Thomas Jefferson (1995)
  • Miller, John C. Alexander Hamilton: Portrait in Paradox (1959)
  • Miller, John C. Origins of the American Revolution (1943)
  • McCullough, David. John Adams (2001)
  • Nash, George. Books and the Founding Fathers
  • Nock, Albert J. Jefferson (1960)
  • Parry, Jay A. The Real George Washington (2008)
  • Rakove, Jack. James Madison and the Creation of the American Republic (1990)
  • Rossiter, Clinton. Seedtime of the Republic: The Origin of the American Tradition of Political Liberty (1953)
  • Rossiter, Clinton. 1787: The Grand Convention (1966)
  • Skousen, W. Cleon. The 5000 Year Leap: A Miracle That Changed the World (2008)
  • Wright, Esmond. Franklin of Philadelphia (1986)

Primary Documents:

  • Adams, John. Diary and Autobiography of John Adams (1961)
  • Adams, John. Works (1851-1856)
  • Hamilton, Alexander and John Jay, James Madison. The Federalist
  • Madison, James. Notes of Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787 (1966)
  • Paine, Thomas. Common Sense (1776)

American Exceptionalism:

  • Bennett, William. America: The Last Best Hope (2007)
  • Bennett, William. America: The Last Best Hope, Volume II (2008)
  • Bennett, William. American Patriot’s Almanac (2005)
  • Bennett, William. Our Sacred Honor: The Stories, Letters, Songs, Poems, Speeches, and Hymns that Gave Birth to our Nation
  • Brownson, Orestes. The American Republic: its Constitution, Tendencies, and Destiny (1865)
  • Buckley, William F. Gratitude: Reflections on What We Owe To Our Country (1990)
  • D’Souza, Dinesh. What’s So Great About America? (2004)
  • De Tocqueville, Alexis. Democracy In America (1835)
  • Kirk, Russell. The American Cause (1957)
  • Kirk, Russell. The Roots of American Order (1974)

Economics:

  • Friedman, Milton. Capitalism and Freedom (2002)
  • Friedman, Milton. Free to Choose: A Personal Statement (1990)
  • Friedman, Milton. Why Government is the Problem (1993)
  • Friedman, Milton. Program For Monetary Stability (1983)
  • Hayek, F. A. The Road To Serfdom (1944)
  • Rand, Ayn. Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal (1967)
  • Sowell, Thomas. Basic Economics (2007)
  • Sowell, Thomas. Applied Economics (2004)
  • von Mises, Ludwig. Socialism: An Economic and Sociological Analysis (1981)
  • Williams, Walter. Liberty Versus the Tyranny of Socialism (2008)

Culture & Politics:

  • Chambers, Whittaker. Witness (1952)
  • Goldberg, Jonah. Liberal Fascism (2008)
  • Kirk, Russell. The Politics of Prudence (1993)
  • Levin, Mark. Liberty & Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto (2009)
  • Sowell, Thomas. The Quest for Cosmic Justice (1999)

History:

  • Niebuhr, Reinhold. The Irony of American History (1952)
  • Schlaes, Amity. The Forgotten Man (2007)

Fiction:

  • Benson, R.H. Lord of the World (1907)
  • Orwell, George. Animal Farm (1945)
  • Orwell, George. 1984 (1949)
  • Rand, Ayn. Atlas Shrugged (1957)
  • Rand, Ayn. The Fountainhead (1943)

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